Establishing Cleaning and Disinfecting Practices


Stream: Producer



Projects will focus on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who should apply?

Producers of all farmed animal species who wish to prevent the introduction and spread of disease on farm through establishing cleaning and disinfecting practices and purchasing equipment to support those practices.

Preference is currently given to projects that support sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids.

To apply you must have completed

  • A farm-wide assessment against national biosecurity standards that supports need for the project
    • This may be completed by the applicant or by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian
    • Minimum requirements for an assessment can be found at ontariosoilcrop.org
  • An applicable Biosecurity Workshop or equivalent1
  • A site sketch identifying how separation of clean and dirty traffic (i.e., people, vehicles, equipment) will be maintained
For information about free Biosecurity Workshops delivered by OSCIA or to register, visit ontariosoilcrop.org

Eligible activities and expenditures

Operational improvements as preventive measures to reduce the risk of the introduction and spread of disease, including:

  • Construction of a hard surface (e.g., concrete pad) or wash bay for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment within the controlled access zone or at a controlled access point
  • Installation of sanitation, shower or washing facilities at a controlled access point or anteroom to a higher risk area such as animal housing (must be part of a complete transition area)
  • Replacing interior surfaces (e.g., walls, flooring, ceiling, dividers) with non-porous washable materials such as concrete, puck board or stainless steel
  • Purchasing specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment (e.g., tractor attachments for barn cleanout, livestock footbaths, udder cleaning systems)
  • Installing a treatment system for disinfecting or removing pathogens, fomite or contaminants from the water
  • In-kind contributions

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Washers, dryers, furniture or equipment for transition area that are not directly related to biosecurity
  • Modifications related to increasing production, health and safety requirements, or reasons not relevant to improving biosecurity
  • Ongoing consumables (e.g., disposable coveralls, boot covers, gloves, masks, disinfectant, soap, bait)
  • Purchase of sealed containers or bins to store bagged or loose feed securely, or modifications or repairs to existing feed or bedding storages
  • Modifications or repairs as part of routine maintenance (e.g., replacing old surfaces with the same material; replacing or repairing doors, windows, roofing, exterior walls, foundation, or fencing)
  • General clothing and equipment for use in a restricted access zone or controlled access point (e.g., coveralls, boots, buckets, brushes)
  • Establishing a water source (e.g., drilling a well, accessing municipal water supply, irrigation pond)
  • Time to complete cleaning or disinfecting activities

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $25,000

Required documentation

  • Proof of completion of an applicable Biosecurity Workshop or equivalent)
  • Farm-wide assessment against national biosecurity standards
  • Site sketch identifying how separation of clean and dirty traffic (i.e., people, vehicles, equipment) will be maintained

Merit assessment criteria

  • Identified level of risk with priority given to high to moderate risk operations or projects that will have the greatest impact based on risk of introduction or spread of disease
  • Commodity-specific targeting (all farmed animal species are eligible to apply; commodities being targeted are subject to change)
  • Size of operation, with priority given to operations with the largest number of animals within commodities
  • Assessment conducted by a qualified third party

1Equivalencies may be accepted (e.g., commodity-specific National Assurance or Animal Care Program, based off national standards)

What's Next?

Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Program Requirements


For more information on upcoming application intakes, visit ontariosoilcrop.org

Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption, is eligible to apply for cost-share funding under the Partnership—provided that the farm business meets all of the requirements set out in the Program Guide. You must also have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification (PID) Number for the farm property where the project is to take place. In addition, you are required to be in compliance with all Requirements of the Law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project.

A farm business may have up to two (2) applications under consideration at one time. A separate application must be submitted for each project.

There is no limit to the number of cost-share projects that a farm business can complete over the five-year span of the Partnership. There is also no limit to the number of approved cost-share projects that a farm business can have underway at one time.

All completed applications received in a given Application Intake are evaluated after the Intake closes. (Exceptions may be noted in the Project Category Description.) Applications are evaluated based only on the information submitted and will not be considered if they do not meet eligibility criteria or if they are incomplete.

Complete applications that meet eligibility criteria are assessed using Merit Assessment Criteria, which is specific to each Project Category. A merit-based application review process is used to allocate cost-share funds to projects.

Conditional approval for funding may be granted for complete applications with high merit that require confirmation of additional information before project approval.

Applications are submitted electronically.* You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net.

You can also complete the Application Form for the Project Category you are applying under, and submit with all required documentation by email to CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org. Copies of Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.

*If you cannot apply online or by email, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1 Stone Road W, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2.

Applications will be reviewed, and cost-share funding decisions will be made after the Application Intake has closed. You will be notified by mail and/or email approximately 45 business days from the date a given Application Intake closes. (If there is an exception to this, it may be noted in the Project Category Description.) There are three possible outcomes:

  • Application is approved – you will receive confirmation of claim procedures and submission deadlines, and a questionnaire that must be completed at the end of the project.
  • Application is conditionally approved – you will be notified about what additional information is required to finalize approval of your project.

Application is declined – you will receive a brief explanation for the decision.

The start date for your project is the date on the Approval or Conditional Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for each successful project. Projects cannot be started before that date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Letter is issued.

The completion date for your project will be specified in the Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for the successful project. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant on or before this completion date.

New producers are new entrants to the agricultural production industry who:

  • File personal income taxes in Ontario
  • Have proof of ownership or control of productive agricultural assets to generate farm income
  • Have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification Number for the farm property where the proposed project is to take place
  • Have not had more than $7,000 in gross farm income two and three years prior to enrolling in the Partnership
  • Have business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $7,000 or more within three years of applying

If you are a new producer, contact OSCIA at 1-800-265-9751 or CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org for a list of applicable Project Categories, and to request a copy of the New Producer Application Form.

Edit date: May 23, 2019

Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca